Original lithograph printed on cream wove paper.
‘It is chiefly all the kinds of illuminated lettering that this shop goes in for, and the shop window is a very gay sight…The large P and L at the back of the right-hand window are made out of circular reflectors, so that whenever a bus passes along the street in the evening they light up and look very fine.’
This lithograph is one of twenty-four different designs Ravilious completed for the series ‘High Street’. The lithographs were drawn by the artist and printed at the Curwen Press and then published by Country Life Ltd. in 1938.
Ravilious began work on his ‘High Street’ lithographs in 1935 following a suggestion from Helen Binyon that he do an alphabet of shops. He deliberately sought out odd shops with special and often Victorian visual appeal as inspiration for these prints. The New Statesman wrote that the designs were ‘so gay and vivid…that they surprise the reader like the shops themselves when they light up on a foggy morning’.